ANDhe Joventut de Badalona, ??in a game that he dominated from start to finish supported by his veterans, Ante Tomic and Pau Ribas, won his twenty-first victory in 32 games of the Endesa League and consolidates fourth position while UCAM Murcia Club Baloncesto, with this setback at home, becomes ninth and leaves the positions that give the right to play the qualifying rounds for the title.
- 71. UCAM Murcia Basketball Club (17+20+26+8): Taylor (4), Davis (21), Rojas (3), Webb (12) and Lima (4) -initial five-, Bellas (5), Radovic (2), McFadden (11), Cate (-), Czerapowicz (7) and Vasileiadis (2).
- 83. Joventut from Badalona (23+23+17+20): Vives (5), Feliz (13), Parra (7), Willis (5) and Tomic (27) -five starters-, Busquets (2), Paul (2), Ribas (13), Ventura (-), Bassas (5) and Birgander (4).
The Catalans had Tomic as their offensive stiletto with 27 points and a PIR of 28 and Ribas appeared at the decisive moment for his team to finish off the job with a run of 8-20 in the last quarter. Jordan Davis, in granas, was the best with 21 points.
The first quarter was dominated by the black-and-green team, which started the clash with a 2-10 lead in just three minutes.
The intense defense of Carles Durán’s men made them command despite the fact that UCAM CB reacted thanks to Davis, author of seven points in the first ten minutes.
Joventut, with Andrés Feliz scoring eight goals, closed the period with six goals (17-23).
The game, with a great atmosphere at the Palace, was played with a lot of tension from the start and in the second quarter two technical fouls were called in a row against the local coach, Sito Alonso, and his player Isaiah Taylor.
The Catalan team took advantage of these signals to open an advantage (31-41) and, although UCAM CB tried to minimize damage before reaching the intermission, a triple over the buzzer scored by Joel Parra allowed Penya to go to the locker room with a + 9 and showing his offensive potential with the prominence of many players (37-46).
Back on the track, at 39-46 and barely a minute into the third quarter, Taylor’s second technical foul for simulating in an action in which there was contact led to the elimination of the American point guard and left the university students without one of their great references.
From there and spurred on by what happened, the burgundy team, appealing to courage, got into the match with James Webb and Davis assuming more responsibility in attack. The consequence was that the Murcia tied at 54 in the 27th minute and equality was maintained until the end of the quarter, coinciding with a triple by Davis with the clock at zero (63-63).
Pau Ribas, pulling gallons, scored two triples that gave Joventut air again (63-71) and UCAM CB got stuck to the point that they went six minutes without scoring a point and even with Thad McFadden missing three free throws in a row that they had put the home team ahead for the first time.
The lack of success at the premises was decisive at the moment of truth and a minute from the conclusion the 69-79 left the clash already sentenced.